J6 Committee Misleading Witnesses About Republican Staff Presence

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  4 weeks ago  •  28 comments

By:   Mollie Hemingway

J6 Committee Misleading Witnesses About Republican Staff Presence
January 6 Select Committee staff have been falsely telling witnesses that Republican staff will be present for interviews, according to multiple eyewitness sources and documents. In fact, not a single Republican-appointed member of Congress nor a single staff member representing the Republican conference is part of the controversial committee.

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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney  ran to CNN  a few weeks ago to  accuse  conservative stalwart Rep. Jim Banks of falsely presenting himself as the Jan. 6 commission’s ranking member. Banks is, in fact, congressional Republicans’ choice to be their top investigator on the committee, but he has been prevented from fulfilling his duties by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

However, it’s Cheney who appears to be misrepresenting herself as the ranking member — that is, the top Republican — on the committee.

January 6 Select Committee staff have been falsely telling witnesses that Republican staff will be present for interviews, according to multiple eyewitness sources and documents. In fact, not a single Republican-appointed member of Congress nor a single staff member representing the Republican conference is part of the controversial committee.

Witnesses are being told that  John Wood , a  longtime friend and ally  of the Cheney family, will represent Republicans when witnesses testify. But neither Cheney nor her friend is representing the Republican conference. In fact, Cheney was  appointed to the committee in early July by Pelosi herself .

“John Wood works for the Democrat Party, just like Liz Cheney, who was appointed by Pelosi and is not the Ranking Member of the Select Committee. She is misleading witnesses, before they testify under penalty of law, about the motives and the position of the person questioning them,” said Banks, who has continued leading Republicans’ investigation of the federal government’s handling of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Cheney’s work with CNN was designed to prevent him from being able to gain answers to the questions the select committee was ostensibly set up to answer.

Cheney was given six days to explain whether she considers herself just the Democrat-appointed vice-chair of the committee or also the Republican ranking member, as is being represented to key witnesses. She has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

The misrepresentation to witnesses is key because the absence of any ranking member — meaning, in this case, any Republican-appointed member — or minority party staff means the committee appears to be failing to adhere to ironclad rules for its work.

Pelosi “ blew up ” the Jan. 6 committee when she took what she herself admitted was the “ unprecedented ” step of refusing to seat multiple Republican-appointed members, including the highly respected Navy officer and Indiana Republican Banks, who was to be the committee’s ranking member. She also banned Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who currently serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

Pelosi chose two of her key Republican allies and anti-Trump obsessives to fill two of her slots for the committee. As such, they do not represent the Republican conference, which opposed their selection, but the Democrat conference, which supported their selection.

Cheney was promoted to vice-chair in September in thanks for her stalwart work on Pelosi’s behalf. Cheney, who has been  censured by Wyoming Republicans  for working against Republican voters and their interests, and who lost her position as House Conference chair for hijacking multiple briefings for Republican policy initiatives to talk about her  personal vendetta against Trump , is facing precipitously low poll numbers and a challenge from popular  Republican Harriet Hageman .

Cheney was joined by lame-duck Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who recently announced his retirement rather than facing certain defeat from Illinois constituents who don’t share his anti-Trump obsession. Kinzinger was appointed by Pelosi in late July to make the committee appear more bipartisan after she’d vetoed Banks and Jordan. Cheney, her selection for vice-chair, was brought in for the sole purpose of helping Democrats with their tribunal.

The  resolution establishing the committee , purportedly to investigate the federal government’s role in detecting, preventing, preparing for, and responding to the Jan. 6 riot, says depositions taken by the select committee must follow House rules.

Those rules  clearly state, “Consultation with the ranking minority member shall include three days’ notice before any deposition.” Also, “A deposition shall be conducted by any member or committee counsel designated by the chair or ranking minority member of the Committee that noticed the deposition. When depositions are conducted by committee counsel, there shall be no more than two committee counsel permitted to question a witness per round. One of the committee counsel shall be designated by the chair and the other by the ranking minority member per round.”

Additionally, the rules say, “Deposition questions shall be propounded in rounds. The length of each round shall not exceed 60 minutes per side and shall provide equal time to the majority and the minority. In each round, the member(s) or committee counsel designated by the chair shall ask questions first, and the member(s) or committee counsel designated by the ranking minority member shall ask questions second.”


The point of these rules is to structure depositions so the minority and the majority counsel have the same opportunity to question witnesses and gather information for their separate reports. That’s why they rotate and why they’re allotted equal time. Having questions alternate from one hostile lawyer to another hostile lawyer who is working with the first makes a mockery of the provisions. It also means that the hostile lawyers can coordinate and cherry-pick which information to leak or publish, and which to conceal from the public because it contradicts their preferred narrative.

The rules do not envision the circumstances that accompany Pelosi’s uni-party select committee. The House Rules “become nonsensical in a situation like this,” said one congressional aide, adding, “This isn’t just a partisan investigation — it’s a coverup.”

For the select committee to be in accordance with the rules regarding consultation for depositions, Cheney must be considered simultaneously the ranking member for the minority party while also being the vice-chair for the majority party.

Hill lawyers say Pelosi’s handling of the committee casts doubt on its adherence to the rules. Because she vetoed the ranking member from the committee, it has no ranking member. But the committee rules require consultation with the ranking member before taking certain basic actions, such as taking depositions, including those pursuant to subpoenas.

“So how can you consult with the ranking member when you don’t have one?” asked one Hill attorney.

The multiple sources consulted for this article include a document which confirmed January 6 Committee staff represented to a witness that Wood would be the Republican counsel during their interview.

“If this was a real investigation, that’d land you in jail for prosecutorial misconduct,” Banks said of the false representation. “Fortunately for Liz, this is a sham investigation,” he added.


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Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. She is Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College. A Fox News contributor, she is a regular member of the Fox News All-Stars panel on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” She is the author of " Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections ."  


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

This was a sham committee from the start.

It was obviously created to prevent Donald Trump from running in 2024 and to punish those who served him.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

Jim Banks wanted to blow up the committee as did Jim Jordan. The smartest thing Pelosi ever did was keep them off the committee. 

They are going to find extensive contacts between Trump team personnel and the insurrectionist leaders. Dont know if they are all going to jail but they are going to go down in the estimation of the American public. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1    4 weeks ago

After hearing for years how this or that wss sure to be the thing that brings Trump down, its hard to get excited to hear it yet once again.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.1    4 weeks ago

Dont care what you think. 

Have you read any of the material related to this ? 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.3  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1    4 weeks ago
Jim Banks wanted to blow up the committee as did Jim Jordan.

Of course.  It's a sham.

The smartest thing Pelosi ever did was keep them off the committee

And this is why this bipartisan committee is everything but bipartisan.  This is just like the Meuller investigation.  Completely made up with zero evidence.  A waste of taxpayer money and a waste of time. Typical Democrat operations.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.2    4 weeks ago
Dont care what you think. 

oh, well, gee, that will ruin my life, I am positive.

/s

Have you read any of the material related to this ? 

yes, just like I have read dozens and dozens of articles from you, many claiming to be the "thing" that will bring Trump down.

This is just another one of those.

Not impressed.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.6  Ozzwald  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.2    4 weeks ago
Have you read any of the material related to this ? 

Unless they published the material in The Federalist, I'm going with.....no he/she hasn't.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.1.7  Sean Treacy  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.5    4 weeks ago

Not a single American was indicted for conspiring with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election. 

Not one. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.5    4 weeks ago

Those 34 indicted many were for process "crimes".  Meaning, they had nothing but had to indict them for something. 

Remember, what Meuller was supposed to look into isn't a crime.  If you had paid attention, you would have known even Meuller new that.

So yes, a waste of time and money.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.9  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.6    4 weeks ago
Unless they published the material in The Federalist, I'm going with.....no he/she hasn't.

Which would make you.........................wrong, again.

 
 
 
cjcold
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1.1.10  cjcold  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.4    4 weeks ago
that will bring Trump down.

Seems Trump brought himself down.

 
 
 
gooseisback
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1.1.11  gooseisback  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1    4 weeks ago
They are going to find extensive contacts between Trump team personnel

Sure they are John.....just like the Russian collusion. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.12  Ozzwald  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1.7    4 weeks ago
Not a single American was indicted for conspiring with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election.

Which has nothing to do with my comment, so failed attempt to deflect.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.13  Ozzwald  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.8    4 weeks ago
Those 34 indicted many were for process "crimes".

Thank you for admitting they committed crimes.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.14  Ozzwald  replied to  gooseisback @1.1.11    4 weeks ago
Sure they are John.....just like the Russian collusion.

It's not that Trump is hiding those communications, it's just that he doesn't obey any legal subpoenas.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.15  Texan1211  replied to  cjcold @1.1.10    4 weeks ago
Seems Trump brought himself down.

Maybe you could read the posts and then know what I was talking about.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.16  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.13    3 weeks ago

What you are ignoring (albeit not surprising) is that these crimes had absolutely nothing to do with what Meuller was investigating.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.17  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1    3 weeks ago

Indeed they are which is why whatshisname is screeching to keep them from getting all the communications, documents, etc., etc. - and denied yet again because he is not a King and is no longer 'president'.

 
 
 
Dulay
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1.2  Dulay  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

Yours is a sham seed. 

Rep. Liz Cheney IS a member of the Republican conference AND Mr. Wood is a longtime conservative lawyer who worked for the Chamber of Commerce and the DOJ during the Bush Administration. 

Your seeds author is a hack. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Dulay @1.2    3 weeks ago
Rep. Liz Cheney IS a member of the Republican conference

Appointed by Nancy Pelosi. The Republicans didn't appoint her; so she doesn't count- which the article clearly states. The left can yell scream and throw a tantrum- she still wasn't appointed by the Republicans, and doesn't represent them in any way.

Mr. Wood is a longtime conservative lawyer who worked for the Chamber of Commerce and the DOJ during the Bush Administration. 

Neither of which matter since he was asked to attend by Liz Cheney; who is an appointee and representative for Nancy Pelosi.

The only hack is the one you see in the mirror every day.

 
 
 
Dulay
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1.2.2  Dulay  replied to  Ronin2 @1.2.1    3 weeks ago
Appointed by Nancy Pelosi. The Republicans didn't appoint her; so she doesn't count- which the article clearly states. The left can yell scream and throw a tantrum- she still wasn't appointed by the Republicans, and doesn't represent them in any way.

What the article clearly states it that:

But neither Cheney nor her friend is representing the Republican conference.

Rep. Cheney represents 'the Republican conference' in JUST the way that Rep. Jim Banks does. BOTH are EQUAL members of that conference. In short, the author is full of shit. 

The article ALSO states:

“John Wood works for the Democrat Party, just like Liz Cheney'

Which is utter bullshit. 

Neither of which matter since he was asked to attend by Liz Cheney; who is an appointee and representative for Nancy Pelosi. The only hack is the one you see in the mirror every day.

You're entitled to your utterly unfounded opinion. 

 
 
 
Ender
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1.2.3  Ender  replied to  Dulay @1.2.2    3 weeks ago

I can only shake my head how if someone dares go against their narrative or plan they are ostracized...

Cheney, who I heard has one of the more conservative voting records dared go against them and donald.

Now, even though she is still a republican, they just run around saying that no, she is not...

I also think it is comical when they laugh that the Dems do not vote lockstep.

 
 
 
Dulay
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1.2.4  Dulay  replied to  Ender @1.2.3    3 weeks ago

I have yet to see even ONE conservative refute Cheney's statements on the merits. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

The Federalist is nothing but a whackjob conspiracy site anymore.  

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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3  Dismayed Patriot    4 weeks ago
January 6 Select Committee staff have been falsely telling witnesses that Republican staff will be present for interviews, according to multiple eyewitness sources and documents.

So Liz Cheney and her staff are there, Republican staff, how is this false?

In fact, not a single Republican-appointed member of Congress nor a single staff member representing the Republican conference is part of the controversial committee.

Ohhhh, so it's supposedly false because no Republican "appointed" member of congress or staff from a "Republican conference" is taking part? Who the fuck cares? Those useless sacks of shit couldn't find their own asses with both hands.

This is just another sad useless conservative attempt to distract and deflect from what happened on January 6th. It's hilariously weak and pointless, but I guess that's all they've got. Bunch of spineless weaklings desperately trying to protect themselves and the dumb fuck insurrectionists they empowered.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1  Ronin2  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @3    3 weeks ago
So Liz Cheney and her staff are there, Republican staff, how is this false?

She was appointed by Nancy Pelosi. Liz Cheney is her representative. The Republicans didn't appoint her; nor do they recognize her presence on the commission in any way.

Ohhhh, so it's supposedly false because no Republican "appointed" member of congress or staff from a "Republican conference" is taking part? Who the fuck cares? Those useless sacks of shit couldn't find their own asses with both hands.

You are right. Who the fuck cares about Pelosi's fucking lap dog Liz Cheney! Pelosi even admitted that appointing Cheney and denying the Republicans their chosen representatives was w/o precedence.

This is just another sad useless conservative attempt to distract and deflect from what happened on January 6th. It's hilariously weak and pointless, but I guess that's all they've got. Bunch of spineless weaklings desperately trying to protect themselves and the dumb fuck insurrectionists they empowered.

Remember this when the Republicans are in control after midterms and decide to put together a commission and deny Democrats their chosen representatives; and then find some compliant Democrats to appoint themselves. 

This commission in not bipartisan just because turd blossom Nancy Pelosi claims it to be. Nor is it bipartisan because a bunch of TDS suffering lunatics that have to get Trump at all costs say so.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2  Tessylo  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @3    3 weeks ago
"This is just another sad useless conservative attempt to distract and deflect from what happened on January 6th. It's hilariously weak and pointless, but I guess that's all they've got. Bunch of spineless weaklings desperately trying to protect themselves and the dumb fuck insurrectionists they empowered."

Ya!  Look at the monsters they created through trumpturd and his domestic terrorist incited mob.  They're scared shitless of the monsters they've created.  

 
 
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